If you struggle with mental health conditions such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety, or need relief from chronic pain, it’s time to consider ketamine. Patrick Oliver, MD, and his team at MindPeace Clinics specialize in ketamine infusion therapy. Their extensive experience has helped many patients quickly and safely overcome psychological and pain disorders. To learn if you’re a good candidate for ketamine, schedule an appointment online or call one of their three clinics in Norfolk, Richmond, and Arlington, Virginia, where they serve the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Ketamine is a medication used in emergency departments and operating rooms for anesthesia. In this role, ketamine has a decades-long history as a very safe and effective anesthetic. So safe, in fact, that it’s often used during children’s procedures.
Ketamine has a different impact when Dr. Oliver administers a low dose. Subanesthetic doses relieve pain and treat psychological disorders, including:
When used to relieve pain, ketamine can treat a wide range of conditions, from nerve pain to fibromyalgia.
Ketamine has a direct impact on several biochemical pathways in your brain. The medication relieves pain by blocking receptors that trigger pain signals, as one example.
Psychological disorders improve as ketamine balances levels of a brain chemical called glutamate. Glutamate is involved in regulating a range of mental health problems, making ketamine a treatment option for several disorders.
Ketamine also produces long-lasting results through its ability to stimulate nerve growth in the brain. Your brain becomes more adaptable as new connections develop between neurons.
Many patients find that their depression improves within a few hours of their first ketamine infusion. By comparison, traditional antidepressant medications take weeks to months before they start to work. And in many cases, they don’t help at all.
About one-third of people diagnosed with major depressive disorder don’t improve with antidepressants. But most of these patients can get the symptom relief they need with ketamine infusions.
Ketamine’s ability to rapidly boost glutamate levels also makes it a life-saving option for people thinking about suicide.
Dr. Oliver gives you ketamine through a slow IV infusion. You simply relax in a treatment chair while he inserts the IV line and begins your infusion.
Though you may feel better after one dose, you’ll get optimal and longer-lasting results with a series of infusions over a few weeks. If your results start to wear off, you may need a single booster infusion.
Dr. Oliver may recommend SPRAVATO®, which is a form of ketamine that’s administered as a nasal spray. SPRAVATO is currently approved for treatment-resistant depression.
To learn more about how ketamine can improve your mental health, call one of the MindPeace Clinics offices or schedule an appointment using online booking.